Advisory Board


John Varrone

John C. Varrone

Managing Director, Global Head of Security, Morgan Stanley

Retired From U.S. Customs

Mr. Varrone joined Morgan Stanley in September 2005 as Head of Global Security. In this role he has responsibility for the safety and security of 60,000 staff in 36 countries. Other responsibilities include: terrorist risk assessment and mitigation, crisis management and preparedness, investigation of internal or external fraud, theft or loss prevention, executive protection, and global security strategies and business intelligence.

Mr. Varrone served as the Director of Global Security at Credit Suisse between 2003 and 2005. Preceding his entry into Corporate, he served for 26 years in Federal law enforcement in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, United States Customs Service as a special agent. Based upon his leadership accomplishments, he was appointed by Customs Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly to Assistant Commissioner, the agency's highest career position. In this role, Mr. Varrone was responsible for the management of a 762 million-dollar budget and the daily operational and administrative activities of over 7,000 special agents, intelligence analysts, pilots, and air and marine interdiction officers serving in 142 domestic and 30 international offices.

On September 11, 2001, Mr. Varrone, served as the Commissioner of the U.S Customs Service and was responsible for leading the agency's tactical, intelligence and aviation response in securing all land borders and ports of entry. This included the activation of the Threat Management Center, Mission Critical Team, implementation of agency and government-wide Continuity of Operations Plan and deployment of Customs P-3 aircraft to lead domestic airspace security coverage.

Mr. Varrone received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In addition, Mr. Varrone completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvards Kennedy School of Government.

In recognition of his leadership and exemplary performance, Mr. Varrone was awarded the Presidential Meritorious Service award in 2003. Mr. Varrone and his wife Judi have been married for 30 years and have three children, John, Ryan and Kaitlin.